Dennis Herrera - Guitar, Vocals & Past & Present Players
Dennis Herrera was born and raised in San Jose, California just a heartbeat away from San Francisco the home of the hippie generation and Golden Gate Bridge. When asked about his music history Dennis shared, "as a kid in the 60's I was introduced to rock n roll via the transistor radio by my mom we listened to a pop AM station, KLIV and that planted the music seed. Tuning into The Yardbirds, Animals, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Sam and Dave, Wilson Picket etc. became my favorite pastime. "At age 15 I saw James Brown LIVE and I was blown away.!"
At a young age Dennis went to count-less rock & roll, R&B, blues and soul concerts/shows in the Bay Area, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco at the Fillmore, Winterland, Avalon Ballroom, and numerous juke-joint blues clubs. Dennis' fondly recounts his first guitar given to him by his grandfather, took a handful of guitar lessons and played in garage bands, "We wanted to be rock stars put our first band together and the girls dug it my first ever performance was at my high school, I was flunking music class but in order to pass my teacher suggested I play for the student talent show. Nervously I went on stage and covered the Richie Havens song Freedom from the film Woodstock. I’ll never forget what a major rush that was and I passed with an straight A!". Early on Dennis found that his favorite rock groups the Stones, Savoy Brown and original Fleetwood Mac covered songs written by blues greats Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker just to name a few, "It's been blues ever since struggling to play music as a profession, I found myself re-directed a number of times but have always come back to playing blues, regrettably I didn't join an established blues band, I have had opportunity but instead chose to lead various blues projects of my own to date, I've tried a variety of catchy band names thinking they were original but soon found out most were taken, so I simply settled with my birth name for the band". Dennis Herrera has recorded 3 CD's and continues to perform his original blues as well as his favorites for well over 30 years in and around the state.
Sid Morris - Piano
Featuring traditional blues and boogie-woogie piano styles from New Orleans to Chicago to the West Coast, pianist SID MORRIS presents an exiting, unique brand of barrelhouse music. Currently living in San Jose, California, Sid has been performing since 1970 and continues to be an active member of the music community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sid was raised in Houston, Texas in the late 1950’s before his family moved west. He performed at the very first San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973 and subsequently appeared at four other SF Blues Festivals. Alberto Gianquinto, the brilliant San Francisco pianist who helped co-found the original James Cotton Blues Band, mentored Sid during his early years on the music scene. In 1976, Sid participated in the now legendary recording of the album, Blue Bay, a blues anthology featuring the elite of Bay Area musicians such as Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Rhodes, Gary Smith, and Ron Thompson.
Currently Sid is in demand as a pianist for many blues artists and remains active in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He records and appears with fellow musicians such as Mark Hummel, Chris “Kid Anderson, Steve Freund, Wendy DeWitt, Ron Thompson, Rusty Zinn, and Gary Smith, to name a few, as well as solo appearances mainly in the South Bay Area.
Recently Sid’s CD, Take Me Back, recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland studios, received critical acclaim from Vintage Guitar Magazine music critic Dan Forte who stated, “Sid Morris has been a best kept secret too long. Kudos to Greaseland Records for giving him the floor and letting him strut his stuff”. (March ’09 Issue)
Presenting the heritage of American blues and boogie-woogie to people who enjoy this rich culture is a deep passion of Sid’s so make it worth your while to pay him a visit.
Frank De Rose - Bassist
Frank De Rose has been a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene for over 40 years. During those 40 years Frank has been a band member with many of the Bay Area’s top blues performers. That list includes Gary Smith, Tommy Castro, Mark Hummel, J.C. Smith, Kenny Blue Ray, John Garcia, Mike Shermer, Andy Santana, Sid Morris, David Barrett and others. Through those associations Frank was in the position to be asked to provide his bass playing skills to a long list of national touring blues performers. That list includes Snooky Prior, Otis Rush, Lowell Folsom, Kenny Neal, Lazy Lester, Joe Filisko, Johnny Heartsman, Kid Anderson, Nick Gravenites, Ron Thompson, Andy Just, Chris Cain, Rusty Zinn, Jr., Watson, Larry Arkansas, Davis, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Johnny Adams, Luther Tucker, "Mighty" Mo Rogers, Steve Freund, Dennis Herrera, Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Chico Banks and many others.
Lee Campbell - Drums
Originally from New Jersey, Lee Campbell now lives in Los Angeles where he has recorded and performed with William Clarke, James Harman, Jody Williams, and Billy Boy Arnold among others. Lee’s association with popular blues artists has taken him to Europe, Canada, and across the Unites States and his playing can be heard on numerous CD’s and movie sound tracks.
Denis Depoitre - Harmonica
Denis was born and raised in Paris, and grew up listening to many American and British rock and heavy metal bands. I took a liking to the harmonica in the late nineties, inspired by listening to William Clarke among various other blues artists. From then on I began to learn harmonica on my own. I was lucky to have met Bird of Paradise in San Francisco, who introduced me to Paul Osher. Meeting and performing with a string of pioneers of blues from RJ Mischo to Kim Wilson to Mitch Kashmar definitely improved and solidified my harmonica-playing career and got me to where I am today. Finally, I must mention Babe and Ricky's as the place that truly brought together my career and introduced me to numerous more blues artists.